Friday, May 21, 2010

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
I was excited today to get to see my first Gopher Tortoise while working in Florida, on national Endangered Species Day, no less. I was working north of Ingles, Florida when I saw this guy working his way across a field. It was a treat to watch him make his way to his hole, after waiting for a bit.His hole that he was making his way to. He was a pretty good sized tortoise, I would guess over a foot long carapace.

Diving down into safety in the hole. He made pretty good time.

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